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Mock Parliament Debate

Our free Mock Parliament Pack gives you everything you need to run an immersive mock parliamentary debate in the classroom. 

Examine how Parliament operates, its different functions and the key roles and responsibilities within government whilst also developing your students oracy skills.

Overview

Aimed at students in KS4 and 5 (13-18 year old) the pack is designed to be delivered over a two hour period and is split into three parts:

  • Part 1: An introduction to Parliament
  • Part 2: Introducing the motion and preparing for the debate
  • Part 3: Running the debate

Each student is allocated a role guide and assigned to a political party. Clear instructions are provided to students on how to prepare for their role and what to do during the debate. 

Students are also provided with a range of background regarding the chosen motion: ‘it should be made a legal requirement to provide a form of ID when opening a new social media account.’

An alternate motion is also available which explores whether or not the current voting age should be lowered to 16. 

“Learning about Parliament is so important because it educates young people as to how the government works and how much we are affected by politics. I found the resources informative and helpful as they explained all the different roles in a debate, and I really enjoyed expressing my opinion.”

Year 9 student, St James’s Church of England High School, Bolton.

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Acknowledgment:

These teaching and learning resources were developed in partnership with the global firm, FTI Consulting. We are grateful for their support in boosting young people’s awareness of our democracy, and the ways we can work together to strengthen society for everybody.

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